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First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field

First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field

Earlier today I looked at the right field position for the 2013 season, then looked at the free agent options this off-season. Right field was an issue for the Pirates this year, to the point that they had to trade for Marlon Byrd before the August trade deadline to shore up the position. In the future, right field won't be an issue with Gregory Polanco close to the majors, and likely arriving during the 2014 season.

As I pointed out in the free agent article, there aren't a lot of options for the Pirates. The best options would demand multiple years, a lot of money, and the loss of a first round pick in 2014. You'd be giving up a pick, spending a lot of money, and blocking your best prospect, all to fill a hole for one year, and maybe less than that. There are a few bounce back candidates, although they're all older with questions that they're on the downside of their career, rather than in a down year. A better alternative to a bounce back candidate would be Jose Tabata and Andrew...

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